Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Briquette Press Development

This summer we set out to refine both the processing and construction of carbon-based briquettes that InStove users can burn as an alternative to wood. Gathering firewood is an increasingly difficult task affecting women’s security and political stability in the developing world. At the same time, our process creates briquettes from material that might otherwise become trash, decreasing deforestation in arid or drought affected regions and protecting the environment. That’s why it is important for us to invest time into alternative fuel research here at InStove.

We searched for people willing to get their hands dirty creating briquettes that can be made from locally available biomass materials such as crop waste, dung and paper. We recently found two interns who are up to the task of experimenting with biomass as well as helping with the development of a press machine that optimizes the pyrolysis process within the combustion chamber.

Meet our new interns!

Breanna is a senior studying Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. Her experience in both engineering and scientific processes such as combustion and gasification of biomaterials will be of extraordinary help in improving the briquette-making process.

Amrit Nam is a high school senior who will be applying his interest in finding clean and efficient energy sources through mechanical engineering to his research at InStove. His Senior Project – a graduation requirement at his school that asks students to dedicate work to a field of study of their interest – will be completed with us at InStove.

As our work steadily expands, our team grows to match. This week we hired one of our most dedicated interns, Stella Strother-Blood, as the Executive Assistant at InStove.

Stella graduated from Western Oregon University with a B.S in Community Health Education and a B.S in Humanities. She realized her passion for working toward international health equity during the summer of 2011 while studying wildlife management and public health with the Boston University’s School for Field Studies in Kenya. Her devotion to humanitarian non-profit work also led her to lobbying at Capitol Hill as an advocate for women’s health with the National Breast Cancer Society. This year she was selected as the Outstanding Undergraduate Health Education Major of the Year at her university by the American Association for Health Education.

Stella’s youthful energy and dedicated work ethic has been an essential addition to our office and we’re looking forward to continuing our work with her on our team.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

We're Branching Out!

Institutional Stove Solutions- formerly the Institutional Stove Project of Aprovecho Research Center (ARC)- is now established as an independent nonprofit corporation dedicated to bringing sustainable technology to the world's most vulnerable people, particularly displaced populations and school children. While we are still sharing a campus and vision with ARC, our mission of mass-producing stoves and allied technologies is best served by a stand-alone organization.

You can keep track of our growing process as our organization branches out from its former roots. We will be updating you with a blog per week about happenings big and small. Be a part of our campaign as we gain both a national and international presence as providers of advanced technology to the corners of the world that desperately need its aid.

To learn more about our mission, please visit our website!

We also look forward to hearing from you!

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